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IAF squadron leader killed as MiG-21 crashes in Punjab

The accident in the night involved a Bison aircraft of IAF in the western sector. The pilot, Squadron leader Abhinav Choudhary, sustained fatal injuries

An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed on 21 May near Moga in Punjab late last night. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when the accident happened, according to IAF officials, news agency ANI reported.

The accident in the night involved a Bison aircraft of IAF in the western sector. The pilot, Squadron Abhinav Choudhary, sustained fatal injuries.

The accident took place when the aircraft was taking off for a combat training mission, the IAF had said, and added that Group Captain A Gupta was killed in the accident. A court of inquiry was ordered to determine the cause of the accident.

In January, a MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The pilot of the aircraft had ejected safely.

IAF condoled the tragic loss and said they stand firmly with the bereaved family.

“There was an aircraft accident last night involving a Bison aircraft of the IAF in the western sector. The pilot, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary, sustained fatal injuries. IAF condoles the tragic loss and stands firmly with the bereaved family,” the Indian Air Forces said on Twitter.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident involving a Bison aircraft of Indian Air Force in the western sector.

Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on 20 May directed the central and state agencies to “expeditiously” restore the telecommunication, power, road and water links affected by Cyclone Tauktae.

A statement issued by the Union Home Ministry said the meeting, held to review the relief-and-rehabilitation efforts undertaken in the aftermath of the extremely severe cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea, also discussed the “efforts carried out by the navy and the coast guard, along with other agencies, to rescue persons on three barges and one offshore drilling vessel of ONGC.

The official data said that at least 53 people were killed in various parts of Gujarat due to the heavy rain and storm-like incidents that occurred during the cyclone fury.

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